Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International Race - TriathlonOlympic

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
JMC Partners
76F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 18m 41s
Overall Rank = 62/634
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 13/92
Pre-race routine:

up at 4:00am; banana, Clif Bar and water
Event warmup:

got to the event a little later than planned, since the bus situation to the transition area from the parking lot was a little longer than I expected; hstily got things set up in transtition, joined the very long line for the porta potty, and then got in the holding pen for my wave (7) to start. No warm up to speak of; just tried to keep heart rate down after rushing around.
  • 27m 53s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 42s / 100 yards

this was a comedy of bad choices; I always wimp out when it comes to seeding myself in a wave start and as a result started smack-dab in the middle of the pack and fought through arms and legs to the first bouy. Rounded it well, and was immediately blinded by the sun straight in my eyes. Weaved blindly to the next turn bouy; and then headed fairly straight through the home stretch. Probably swam an extra 100-150 yards; this swim reminded me of my gimpy golf prowess: left, right, left, right across the fairway. It was so bad on the back stretch that I had to laugh.
What would you do differently?:

Get a set of mirrored-lensed goggles; the sun was brutal with the clear lenses; at least they didn't fog up; using the anti-fog was a big plus. I think it's better to start at the front in the swim even if I get run over by the fish.
Transition 1
  • 01m 56s

this was a good T1 for me; still had to sit down to get wet suit off of first leg; but the body glide was helpful in keeping the suit from sticking anywhere and the ProMotion wet suit feature of zippers at the ankles is fantastic. Ran the very long distance to the bike-out area (I was as far away from bike-out as you could be so it was a long run with my bike in tow) and hopped on the bike, rode with feet on top of shoes for about 200 yards until HR was at a normal pace and then slipped feet in shoes, just like in practice (love that Cossack Drill).
What would you do differently?:

Not wear a wet suit when the water is warm so that I don't have to fuss with taking it off, but otherwise was a good T1 for me.
  • 1h 01m 59s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 24.05 mile/hr

Goals on the bike for this race were to try and pace myself in preparation for a good run, to hydrate effectively and to stay aero for the entire bike event. Felt good about the performance in all of these: nutrition on the bike consisted of 2 Endurolytes (actually taken 30 mins pre-swim), Aero-drink bottle with 2 Nuun Tablets, bottle on bike with 1 Nuun tablet, 1 PowerGel with 25 mins left on bike course. This set me up well for the run and kept me focued during the bike. The bike course was not as crowded as I expected (given the 2 loop of the Sprint course change); I think this was due to it being a mostly closed course so you could ride freely on the left side of the yellow line without worry of becoming a hood ornament.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push a little harder on the bike? I really wanted to keep the effort here in check so that I didn't blow the run. Felt very compfortable through the bike course. Wouldn't change anything given the pre-race goals I set for myself.
Transition 2
  • 02m 12s

Slipped feet out of shoes on approach to T2 (it gets a little tight through the chute to the transition area), great dismount, running with bike and then disaster...ran down the wrong aisle had to back-track and find the correct one, then found spot. Lost 30-40 seconds easily on that.
What would you do differently?:

I usually like to practice the transitions via walk-through several times b4 I leave transition to start the race. Did not arrive early enough for that this time and paid for it.
  • 44m 41s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 12s  min/mile

nutrition performance on bike set me up for a very good run. Felt very strong and enjoyed this part of the race a lot.
What would you do differently?:

I've struggled with nagging injuries all year (ITB, calf strains, etc.), so other than stay healthy so that I could have been improving my run performance over the course of the year, there's nothing more I could do here. Would have liked to have had my Garmin data for the run, but I forgot to start it on the bike so it spent most of the run segment "acquiring satellite". When it was ready, I was almost half-way through the run. Leave the Garmin at home on race day. It's just one more piece of crap to have to worry about.
Post race
Warm down:

tried not to fall over, wobbled to the water tent, got a banana and a bagel, walked around until I could feel my legs again. Then, having promised my wife I'd be home by 11:00am, made the slow trek back to the car and drove back to Northbrook.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm happy with the fact that I PR'ed by 7 minutes over a very similar course in the Chicago Triathlon last year, but if I'm realistic about analyzing these performances, I see that (other than the bike) I have not really improved all that much over the course of a year: my swim time was almost identical to last year's Accenture time, and the run time was improved only by means of a good nutrition strategy on the bike (IOW, if I hadn't cramped on the run b/c of lack of elctrolytes, my run time would have been the same or better last year at Accenture). This leads me to a stunning ;-)conclusion: my training was not as good this year as last. I need more high-intensity training; too much "mushy" crap. I could also benefit from a coach.

Event comments:

This is a great race and I would love to do it again next year.

Last updated: 2008-01-11 12:00 AM
00:27:53 | 1640 yards | 01m 42s / 100yards
Age Group: 25/92
Overall: 153/634
Performance: Bad
Suit: full - ProMotion
Course: bouys on right in triangle configuration. Really nice lake; didn't taste funny or have any weeds to speak of in swim area.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:56
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:01:59 | 24.85 miles | 24.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 17/92
Overall: 52/634
Performance: Good
Wind: Little with gusts
Course: 2 loops of the Sprint course; gentle hills here and there. Nothing that forces you to get out of the saddle.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 100
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:12
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:44:41 | 06.21 miles | 07m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/92
Overall: 89/634
Performance: Good
Course: very flat; minimal mile-markage. Nice course though.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4